Last year’s MTV Video Music Awards show featured no audience and was filmed in locations across the city.

After a largely distanced 2020 event, the VMAs are coming back in 2021 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with a live audience. The awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 12th.

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Barclays Center, where the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards are slated to take place (Picture: Courtesy)

MTV and Barclays Center are working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices and execute a screen-breaking spectacle that brings together music fans from around the globe with the health and safety of our artists, fans, staff, and partners remaining the No. 1 priority,” organizers said in a statement, per MTV News. There is no mention of vaccine requirements, but New York previously implemented a vaccine requirement for indoor activities starting mid-September.

Due to the proximity of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, MTV plans to work with the 9/11 Day nonprofit to honor the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The 2020 edition of the awards show was hosted by Keke Palmer and featured no audience and was filmed in locations across the city. It featured one-of-a-kind performances from The Weeknd, BTS, Miley Cyrus, DaBaby, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and more.

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Lady Gaga, The Weeknd put on quite a performance at last year’s award show (Picture: Courtesy)

The 2021 VMAs will air live on MTV on Sunday, September 12. Stay tuned on the MTV social media accounts and the hashtag #VMAs as additional details shall be announced as the days to the show draw closer.

Written with context from Rolling Stone & MTV.